Canadian Visa Application Online – Details of Visas Granted by Canada


As part of a joint agreement in August 2015, Canada and the United States of America agreed to secure the border of the two countries. As a result of this agreement, Canada launched the Visa Waiver Program for certain visa-exempt countries. Citizens of these countries can travel to Canada by applying for a visa online via eTA (ETA).

Citizens of these countries can obtain visas through an online portal without visiting the Canadian Embassy or Canadian Consulate. The electronic or online Canadian visa only applies to the business, transit or tourist categories. The duration of a Canadian visa can be valid for up to 5 years but you cannot stay more than 6 months in Canada with an electronic visa.

Who can apply for a Canadian electronic visa (eVISA) or eTA?

Canada offers online visa or eTA to over 57 countries based on data available as of May 1, 2022. Citizens of these countries must obtain a visa before arriving in the country. Citizens of Canada or the United States only need their respective passport to travel. Legal permanent residents of the United States who have US green cards also do not need to apply for an eVisa to travel to Canada, but they should bring the following:

  • Valid passport from their country
  • Proof of U.S. permanent resident status (e.g. Green Card (Permanent Resident Card).
  • But if you are visiting Canada by air on a commercial or charter visa, you need an electronic or (eTA) visa to travel to Canada.

Types of electronic visa (eTA) offered by Canada.

Canada offers four types of eTAs.

Tourism – Sightseeing, visiting friends or family, traveling within Canada on school trips, or taking courses that do not provide any certificates.

Transit or stopover – If a Canadian airport is just a breaking point in your trip and you will be departing from there immediately.

Company – For business meetings, conferences, congresses in particular of a scientific or educational nature, establishment or management of assets, commercial or professional activity.

Treatment – For medical advice or treatment in a Canadian hospital.

Information or documents required to apply for an eTA

Name, date of birth, place of birth

Passport number, date of issue and date of expiry

E-mail address

Job or occupation details

Entry into Canada

Even if you hold a Canadian passport and a valid eTA, the Canadian Immigration, Refugees and IRCC agency or Canadian border authorities may refuse you entry if the following conditions apply to you at the time of your entry into the country :

  • If you do not present all your documents
  • Presents no risk to the economy, finances or health.
  • If you have any recorded criminal records or terrorist history.

The authority may also ask you to provide your means of subsistence or means to support yourself, a return or onward plane ticket, if you do not have a return ticket, they may ask for proof of funds or the ability and the funds to purchase a return ticket.

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